Feb 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
in congressional history, bernie sanders. he is a member of the senate budget committee, which puts him at the front seat of the budget battles. last week congress voted do we devoted to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling limits -- last week congress voted to temporarily suspend the limits on the debt ceiling. we will get a look at high- profile nominations. we are glad you joined us. king had that said there is always the right time to do the right thing. i try to live my life every day by doing the right thing. we know that we are only halfway to completely eliminating hunger and we have work to do. walmart committed $2 billion to fighting hunger in the u.s. as we work together, we can stamp hunger out. pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> bernie sanders is the longest serving independence in congress in his third term after 16 years in the house. he is also the new chair of the veterans affairs committee. it is always good to have you on this program. thanks for your time. >> great to be with you. >> let me start with where we are now. we are caught between the presiden
Feb 6, 2013 5:00am EST
. remember the super committee. all of this goes back to republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling back in 2011. once again on january 1st, remember the whole fiscal cliff. now, these cuts were pushed off for another 06 days and here we are. the terms of the earlier deal, congress must now find $85 billion in deficit reduction somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending will shrink by 7.9%. medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts saying they railroad agreed to tax hikes actually study by george mason university estimated 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia would be affected by those budget cuts. the sequestration cuts are up popular with both parties. yet, there doesn't sound like there is much agreement yet on how to avoid them. >> deep, indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs. it will slowdown our recovery. >> but the president's budget is late again. senate democrats haven't done a
Feb 6, 2013 3:00pm EST
if you lost track of the debt ceiling and budget battles t came out of the debt limit deal. it was the white house's idea to hold washington's feet to the fire. the cuts were never supposed to happen. the committee that replaced them failed and at the start of the ewe near, the deal triggered even further until march 1st. we are faced with the looming cuts a few weeks away that boiled down to $85 billion that will be slashed by this fall if nothing happens. the focus has been on the cuts and the entire $1.2 trillion will be a 50-50 defense between defense and spending. to put us into perspective is the center for social inclusion. the sequester was designed to be something that would never happen. prot expect would scare washington into coming out with something else. there sounds out of washington, particularly from republicans that they might be okay with nothing happening and sequester being triggered. half is defense and half non-domestic discretionary spending. can you explain to people what would be cut if the sequester goes into effect. >> it's a pleasure to be here.